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Naked Rhythm Bridges Global Divisions


12/15/06
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(PR) In a post 9-11 global environment currently fraught with cultural tensions and war, it may seem unlikely to see a German, a Jew, and a Lebanese man take to the stage with belly dancers to marry ancient Middle-Eastern and World music to electronic house and techno beats for an audience of everyone from buttoned-up American businessmen to Indian Brahmins. But that is precisely what Naked Rhythm, a modern world-music phenomenon currently garnering acclaim with their fresh culture-fusing sound and philosophy, is doing. Highly sought after for their groundbreaking approach to peace, and performing private concerts for celebrities like Sting (who endorsed their album), Robert Downey Jr., The Black Eyed Peas, and others, their debut album, Frequency, released by Caravan Records, is about to take the public by storm in 2007.

Conceived of and fronted by accomplished musicians Alex Spurkel, a native German, and Avi Sills, a Jewish American, Naked Rhythm is the ultimate example in global hybridization and fusion, wiping out perceived divisions with a shared love of music. The duo is also developing a clothing line and global/ethnically-themed events company around the project to further spread their philosophy. States Spurkel, "We are trying to get people to open up and think outside of their own cultural reference point, to be more accepting of cultures and people they might normally have conflict with. We are trying to present a model for the world." "There's a lot of war going on in the world right now, and a lot of healing that needs to be done" adds Sills, "and music breaks down walls instantly."

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